Real talk:  is there some kind of unwritten law that the first year a new baseball commissioner takes over he’s allowed to institute juiced baseballs?  Is Our Commissioner Manfred sticking Capri Sun straws in baseballs across the league?  Does he have someone else do the actual juicing?  When Bud Selig told Manfred that he could juice the baseballs did he finish by doffing his toupee?  Does Manfred own Dozier in fantasy?  I got questions, y’all!  Yesterday, the Pirates added five more homers to MLB’s bottom line:  Sean Rodriguez (2-for-5, 3 RBIs) with his 14th homer; Jordache Mercer (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 11th; John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt (1-for-4) his his 6th, but the real damage was done by The Undread Pirate, Andrew McCutchen (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) with his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .250.  McCutchen got old real fast in every conceivable way over the last two years.  His BABIP fell faster than a 40-year-old on the Cheesecake Factory Diet, his Ks shot up like he’s Danny Glover and he “ain’t got time” for walks and his steals dried up quicker than Cougs’ cactus.  An actual cactus she bought at the supermarket and forgot to water over the course of three years.  What did you think I meant?  Oh c’mon!  All of that for McCutchen who is still only 29 years old!  I’m beginning to think he’s 29 years old like Debra Winger’s listed as 29 years old on her headshot.  In 2017, I think McCutchen won’t be drafted anywhere near where he’s been in the last two years.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall to the 75 to 100 range, which might actually reverse his fortunes and make him a value play again.  Except for those that drafted Carlos Gomez this year, they’re not falling for the ol’ banana in the tailpipe again.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chad Kuhl – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  Doesn’t Chad Kuhl sound like he got his name from an 80s Movie Villain Name Generator?  Meh, maybe it’s me.  Any hoo!  He’s a streamer that I’d use the Stream-o-Nator on, so stop popping your collars like you’re Kuhl.

Freddie Freeman – Out on paternity leave.  When he returns, he will be Freddie Never-A-Freeman-Again.

Nick Castellanos – Still a week away from a simulated game.  Nick, you might want to call it an años.

Miguel Sano – Headed back to Twin Cities for a back exam.  Oddly enough, to deliver twins, Minnesotans go to Back City.

Hector Santiago – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.65.  When the Twins traded Nolasco for Santiago, I’d have to imagine, this is the kind of start they were expecting from Santiago, because expecting anything better would be completely delusional.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th steal, hitting .282.  Okay, okay, c’mon now, Dozier.  All of this fantasy goodness and your owners are going to be staggering around like Redd Foxx with their hands on their chest, screaming, “I’m coming, Elizabeth!”

Eddie Rosario – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  I like capitalizing on day games on short schedule days, because you know exactly who’s in the lineup.  Nothing worse than grabbing a batty call only for him not to play at night.  With that said, I grabbed Jorge Polanco who went 0-for-5, while Rosario was staring at me, daring me to pick him up.  I’m stupid.

Jason Vargas – Will make his season debut on Saturday after battling back all year from Tommy John surgery.  Or Surgerio de Tomas Juan as it’s known in the medical school where Steve Guttenberg studied in Bad Medicine.

Edinson Volquez – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, I don’t want any part of the A’s right now on the road.  First, they treated Yordano like Yordano treats everyone, then they killed Edinson like they were Alfredo Simon.

Joey Wendle – 4-for-6, 3 runs.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s a hot schmotato.  Hey, Mr. Wendle.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .235.  Told you he’d get to 25 homers!  I just didn’t mention that every major league baseball player would also get to 25 homers.  Well, except Paul Goldschmidt.

Ryon Healy – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, and his 4th homer in the last eight days, which is a week for The Beatles.

Daniel Mengden – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.68.  Former Mets’ 1st baseman and current A’s starter, Mengden, got a huge lead and cruised out to the Ivictory Coast for a free room at the W.

Stephen Vogt – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 12th homer.  I thought he was swinging a hot bat, but I just looked at his month splits and yuckety splits.

Billy Butler – 1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs as he batted fifth.  I wonder if George was the one that sold the Yanks on having a Butler.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 0 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  No foolsies, I have no idea how a pitcher goes into Fenway, gets no Ks and gives up seven baserunners with only one earned run.  I also don’t know how a pitcher throws with a torn tendon, so Masahiro is a man of mystery.

Starlin Castro – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .275.  This past offseason, I said, “Castro feels set up to have his biggest season to date, and I’m going to project him as such.”  And that’s me quoting me!  He did have his biggest season, I did project him for it, and still only gave him a .274 average and 16 HRs.

Dellin Betances – 1/3 IP, 4 ER, and his 5th blown save, ERA at 2.83.  Wow, he got his teeth kicked in.  Hanley (1-for-5, 3 RBIs) did most of the kicking with his 25th homer, a walk-off jobber.  I quickly scrolled through Betances’ previous three years and he had given up four earned before in an inning once.  Never in only a third of an inning.  Betances has been so overworked he wakes in the middle of the night, screaming, “Joe Torre?!”  Betances will likely get one well-deserved night off tonight, but it’s doubtful he’s removed from the closer role without an injury.

David Ortiz – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer.  I just thought of something, you know how teams are giving Ortiz parting gifts?  The Twins should’ve gave him 20 years of highlights with a Twins’ jersey CGI’d onto Ortiz’s body.  Am I too late for this suggestion?  *sees Twins gave Ortiz a gift in June*  Shucks.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.98.  Has any young pitcher done well this year?  Please, Michael Fulmer, stop raising your hand, I’m trying to think.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 19th steal.  I wonder if he’s gonna be in this afternoon’s Buy.  Hmm, let me think about that, I’ve mentioned him every day for the last ten days.  Yeah, prolly.

Steven Souza – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  ProTip:  every Rays hitter is hot.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  Or 22 homers with non-juiced baseballs.

Steve Pearce – Shut down for 10 days.  I don’t want to be a fly in the ointment, but if he’s shut down for 10 days, what’s he coming back for?  The last inning of the last game?

Yovani Gallardo – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  “Well, I don’t fully trust Yovani but he’s been good lately, and it’s against the Rays and, what the hey, how bad could it be?  Only my entire H2H season is riding on this.  All 178,002 hours I’ve devoted to it.”  Thirty minutes later, “Mommy, make the pain go away?!”

Mike Montgomery – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.66, and 3.27 on the Cubs.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start, but I was a bit more tentative, due to Montgomery’s likelihood to not go deep and possibility for Wrigley to blow balls out.  *awkwardly crosses legs*  With that said, Montgomery’s next start looks identical in the eyes of the SON.

Jorge Soler – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Between Montgomery and Soler, this Cubs game should leave the rest of the NL like, “So, the Cubs don’t even need their top 35 terrific players, huh?  Okay, just don’t let Tommy La Stella beat us.  Please.”

Keon Broxton – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his third homer in the last six games.  Fun fact!  When I chop wood with my hand karate-style, I scream, “Keon!”

Rich Hill – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.06.  He gave up a two-out home run to Kyle Jensen, because, like me, he obviously thought he was facing the Dodgers’ closer.  This is almost as confusing as Mr. Robot.  So, is this phase two?

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 3rd homer this week.  Two of those homers came in his last game played.  I looked at Andrelton on waivers, but, since it was a late game, I wasn’t sure if he was going to play, and didn’t grab him.  He is at the top of the hot schmotato charts (there are no hot schmotato charts).

Marco Estrada – Pitching through a herniated disc.  I’ve heard of looking through the hole of a floppy disc, but pitching through a herniated disc?  I’ve never!

Russell Martin – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He was named after John Coltrane with his middle name, and his dad used to play the sax.  So, my proposal, after a home run, he does jazz hands.

Johnny Cueto – 9 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.86.  Cueto made short work of the Cards.  Excuse me, made little person work of the Cards.

Buster Posey – 4-for-5, 1 run, hitting .290.  I believe this is my first Posey update all season.  A good catcher is so whatevs.  A seemingly good catcher that is actually yawnstipating is much worse.  Posey perpetuates likes he’s great, but he’s been about as valuable as Melvin Upton this year.  Lowercase yay.

Jaime Garcia – Was moved to the bullpen with Alex Reyes taking his spot, which makes me so excited dot dot dot for next year, but I’d simply look at matchups for Reyes for this year.

James Shields – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.84.  Damn, be a real shame if he doesn’t have an ERA north of six when the season ends, considering how close he is.  Remember, there’s only been 40 pitcher years of 6.00+ ERA since 1921, and not once in the last eight years.  200 IP and 6.00+ ERA is even more rarefied garbage.  I mean, this is like Donald Trump’s garbage, which is the best garbage one can find thrown away.  6.00+ ERA and 200 IP has only happened once since 1932.  God bless your horrendously poor pitching, Pedro Astacio.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-3 and his 24th homer, hitting .299.  A child tugs on my hand, and I glance down over my mustache.  “Yes, child?”  “When was it you realized 25 HRs and a .300 average were boring as dog balls to own?”  “When Jose Abreu was hot crizzap for four months and still had a 25 HR, .300 season.”  “Interesting.  By the way, nice mustache.  Are you a cop?”  “Amscray, you brat!”

Yan Gomes – After taking a pitch off his hand, he will get an MRI on his hand.  If it’s fine, he will make a turkey of said hand’s MRI.  If it’s not fine, he will make a sad turkey.  It’ll all come down to charcoal shading.

Padres – Their GM was suspended for bad medical reports.  Buster Olney said, “San Diego Padres officials instructed their organization’s athletic trainers to maintain two distinct files of medical information on their players — one for industry consumption and the other for the team’s internal use.”  I thought every team lied about their medical reports.  Have you heard the latest from the Mets on their pitchers?  Seriously, this is a report on Matt Harvey in May, “There was some talk of skipping Harvey or even trying a phantom disabled list stint after he got lit up for five runs over five innings Tuesday against the Nationals.”  In April, they said, “(Pitching coach) Warthen noticed Harvey’s back leg is collapsing when he pitches out of the stretch.  This flaw could be affecting his consistency.”  It wasn’t until mid-July the Mets said Harvey’s had numbness in his fingertips since spring training and he will have surgery to fix it.  This is standard, how are the Padres getting investigated?  Seriously!  Other teams have doctors to check out players in trades, don’t they?  This is the most insane thing I’ve ever heard since being stuck in an elevator with Margot Kidder.

 
  1. apox says:
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    @#$& the Mets!

  2. Count de Monetball says:
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    Seriously Grey, what is up with all the homers? I got questions Y’all too!!!
    If you would be so kind sir, pick two starters for Saturday…
    Price home vs. Yankees;
    Darvish vs. Oakland (you got me nervous now…)
    Carrasco vs. Detroit (thinking not)
    Taillon @ Cin as first pitcher in a double header
    Thanks sir and have a rockin’ weekend!

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Thank you Senoir mustachio!

  3. jb says:
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    Hi Grey. 12-tm std H2H. It’s a 5 – 5 tie. On the pitching side, I got more pitchers than my opponent left and room to stream. I think I got WV, SV, ERAV (just don’t blow up). Am behind KV by -1 and he’s just edging me in WHIPV.

    Today, I was going to start all three:
    Kennedy v CWS
    Maeda @ ARI
    Greinke v LAD

    However, Mazda and Greinke are crossing streams. What should I do?

    • jb says:
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      @jb:

      Opponent has:
      Hamels v OAK
      McHugh @ SEA

      I also picked up the second part of the Maxwell/Semien stain cause I realized I dropped Bergman and had no SS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jb: Don’t start Greinke

  4. JVanSlyke says:
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    Think you confused the overpaid awful O’s SP starters. It was Gallardo who was shelled last night

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @JVanSlyke: as a kiermaker owner with an opponent who has Jimenez, hoping its more of the same tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JVanSlyke: I think I had a premonition of what was to come with Ubaldo… My bad, fixed

      • JVanSlyke says:
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        @Grey:

        At this point they and Miley are one in the same!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  5. Sean says:
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    Great read as always Grey. I have a couple questions about my team heading into the semis after a bye.

    1. I’m looking to adding 2 starters for the beginning of next week. my options are Manaea (-1.1 vs HOU), Tomlin (13.3 vs CLE), Smyly (11.3 vs NYA), Gsellman (1.3 vs ATL), and Bradely (4.6 @SD). Do you like any of these starts?

    2. My hitting seems to have slumped this week, luckily for me they don’t count. Would you add either Drury or Kiermaier, both, or hold out and see if any of the following guys heat up? My droppables at this point would be between Pujols (current slump), Stanton (hasn’t played, but might start this weekend), Roman Quinn (picked up on a whim earlier this week), and Beltran (not much done in the past week)?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Sean says:
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      @Sean: Also its a 12 team H2H keeper league, but the bats listed have no real keeper value if that helps.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Sean: 2. If you’d been listening to Grey at all you’d have picked up Kiermaier for Quinn a week ago and wouldn’t even need to ask this.

      • Sean says:
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        @Swfcdan: fair enough haha

        • Sean says:
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          @Sean: just realized i was planning on dropping Quinn for a streamer spot. Drury is now gone. We can add Healy to the mix, but would either or those guys be better than pujols, beltran, or stanton?

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Sean:
      I think Drury and Kiermaier are must adds the ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: 1. Smyly, Gsellman 2. Kiermaier and Drury… Lose Roman and Stanton

  6. Garbage Day says:
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    Correction: Gallardo got bombed for the O’s yesterday, not Ubaldo. He’s starting tonight. And I’m starting him. I’m also a moron.

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @Garbage Day:
      NO you not , at least a QS tonight

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @Garbage Day:

      Hell yeah, get on the Ubaldo Train tonight! Whoooop whoooop!

      (It works better if you read this in the voice of Bub Rub)

      • ElBoss says:
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        @El Famous Burrito: El Famous Burrito, I have much respect for your name!!

    • ElBoss says:
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      @JoeG414: @JoeG414: @Garbage Day: I was wondering if Grey was predicting the future, because I was looking at picking up Ubaldo… Grey, it would be pretty sweet if you talk about the next days pitchers during the last two weeks of the season, im in some h2h leagues and streaming gets crazy in the playoffs.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        So, are you all in on brand new American citizen Ubaldo Jimenez versus the Commie-sympathizing Rays of Tampa Bay?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I’m not personally, but can see it

          • ElBoss says:
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            @Grey: what do you think about Jose Urina tomorrow @ Philadelphia?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t mess with him

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Chad Kuhl: Arnold-era Mr. Freeze’s “fun” uncle.

    Roman Quinn: Who Dominic Torreto and his crew [family] of elite illegal street racers will take on in the next Fast and Furious.

    Any who!

    1. How safe/risky would you view Grienke tonight in ARZ against the Dodgers, who got him for 8er in LA last week? Son is still a fan, but as someone looking for “sure thing” QS and “safe” ratios, I’m not sure about him… (Would be using one of my 2 SP streams left to start him over the guys in question 2)

    2. Speaking of QS only, do you think Alex Reyes goes 6 on Sunday? Would you want him for QS over Colby Lewis v OAK (0.6 son QS chance), Miguel Gonzalez (@KC, on big QS streak and .53 son QS), or Hellickson v MIA (.56 QS)?

    3. Betances – definitely off tonight, but do you think he will see any SV chances Saturday or Sunday? He definitely keeps the job long term (just wondering about the weekend for H2H matchup purposes)…

    Thanks!

  8. JoeG414 says:
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    Mondays Stream :
    T. Walker Home vs Tor
    Start ?

  9. Steve says:
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    What do you think of streaming Chase Anderson today @ CHN? Cubs are resting all their starters today… that make him more appealing, over say, Miranda v HOU on Sunday?

    To be clear: Chase (today) @ Cubs b-team or Miranda v Astros on Sun?

    Need a W and some k/9

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: I wouldn’t touch Anderson…

  10. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Saw a Cubs beat writer say to expect a “spring training-like lineup” today. Looking for a Rizzo replacement for tonight and possibly the whole weekend if he sits. Leaning Mark Reynolds over CJ Cron and Travis Shaw at the moment. Thanks Grey!

  11. Natty Boh says:
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    Always loving the work!

  12. JoeG414 says:
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    ROS
    Mike Zunino or C.Rupp ?
    6×6 Roto

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Also, Today’s Catcher Call (don’t think Rupp is playing )
      Willson Contreras (early game who is starting) vs Milw
      or
      Mike Zunino (should be starting and use going forward) Home vs Hous McHugh
      or
      Nick Hundley (maybe starting)Home vs Friedrich

  13. Ron says:
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    (*white guy voice) You’re not gonna fall for no banana in the tailpipe? I am. Im hoping Cutch was injured this year and played through it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Haha

  14. Trent Cohan says:
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    better hitter rest of the week: soler or souza?

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up!

    a. True story! As everyone’s mentioned, yada X 3, on Ubado. So I go to choose a pitcher for tonight, just for the hell of it. I do what I do normally, select probable starters, then click on the last 15 days player rater. Guess who’s on the top of that list? U guessed it, Ubado. But then my conscious brain says – Hey! U questioning Grey? (‘Cause I’d read the write-up earlier and then went to sign-up someone for tonight afterwards.) Anyway, just saying I did not pick up Ubado despite the fact that he was the best to offer based on his last 15 days because your influence goes deep – way past the conscious and subconscious levels.

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 16 – 18)

    Marshall Toller: No! We start our descent in 15 minutes, Horatio. You know, I can almost hear it as the lead-in on the news. “U. S. Marshals, working closely with Miami-Dade’s finest, “capture the last and most elusive of the Miami-West Prison.” You guys are gonna get medals for this.
    Horatio: Funny coming from a guy we found cowering in a flower garden.
    Marshall Toller: Hey, at least I got to spend the last seven months by the pool in Arizona. What have you been up to, baldy? I won’t forget what you did to those girls five years ago.
    Tripp: Oh, a shame you never found their bodies. Found enough to put you away for life. And if I get a medal, you can bet your ass I’m gonna pin it right in the middle of your forehead. And you can count on it.
    Marshall Toller: You guys should put your seatbelts on. We’re gonna be landing soon.
    Horatio: We’re off course. Gentlemen?
    Mr. Groves: Is there something I can help you with?
    Horatio: Yeah. I want to talk to the pilot.
    Pilot: Everything all right back there, Lieutenant?
    Horatio: I want to know why we’re off course.
    Pilot: Delay at Miami International. I’m gonna have to put her down right now.
    Horatio: I don’t think you understand the situation. We are the priority landing.
    Pilot: Why don’t you let me fly the plane, sir? Mr. Groves? Take this man back to his seat, please?
    Horatio: I want you to get this back on course.
    Pilot: Horatio.
    Horatio: Son this is a big mistake for you. Would you put that gun down, while you have the chance? Put the gun down right now.
    Pilot: Oh! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Requesting emergency descent and landing.
    Horatio: Son?! It doesn’t have to end like this.
    Tripp: Horatio!
    Horatio: Frank.
    Tripp: Toller.
    Horatio: He’s gone. Toller’s gone. (cue the queue of sunglasses)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: 1. I think I did it subconsciously b/c I’m scared of Ubaldo B. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Yeah, I was scared too. He has pitched 4 QS in a row and has won his last 2 starts in a row. But he’s been pretty brutal this year.

        b. Saw a pitcher on the waiver wire today who has a 4.38 ERA yet has had the highest number of runs allowed this year. I guess it just means he pitched a lot of innings but 4.38 doesn’t seem like a lot with all the HRs being hit or is it? Don’t answer, it’s a rhetorical question.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yeah, and it seems like an obvious start, which usually backfires B. League average is around 4.20, so it’s high

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            It was in the NL so I guess the 4.38 is an even more pronounced outlier.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Ante GALIC: Grey!

              Fowler is out of the lineup tonight. Start one in his place.

              a. Duvall at home vs. PIT (Vogelsong)
              b. Dyson at home vs. CWS (Sale)

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Duvall

  16. The tone ranger says:
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    For Sunday:

    [email protected]
    Wisler vs was
    Bettis vs sd
    Miranda vs hou
    Asher vs mia

    Can you recommend 2-3 or are they all bums??? Thanks

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    $ idea for ya. I figure you have to have some pretty outrageous resale shops in the area. You can sell Razzball Regression Fairies Halloween Costumes. Just send in your measurements and $30 and a box will arrive by the end of October. Maybe Tehol could head it.

    • Strolg says:
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      @Strolg: Kids come to the door with their mom. “Trick or treat!”. You fill up their bags with candy. “Hey, what are you supposed to be?” “I’m a Regression Fairy” “What do you do?” “I defecate on ratios”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: I don’t know if I can trust Tehol with my fairy money

  18. RePete says:
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    Crucial decisions to win my Semifinal H2H matchup this week, all insight welcome:

    1.) Pick one to stream; Paxton vs HOU or Urena @ PHI (K’s and Ratios more important than Wins)

    2.) Pick one to get me a steal next two days (no other stats matter, just steals);

    Rajai vs DET(Verlander, Norris) (worried about playing time)
    L Martin vs HOU (Fiers, Fister)
    Melvin @ LAA (Nolasco, Meyer)
    Owings vs LAD (Norris, De Leon)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: 1. Pax 2. Owings

  19. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for another awesome year of fantasy advice and hilarity.

    Quick question, which of these pitchers would you start?

    Luke Weaver @ SF Moore 1.9
    Ian Kennedy vs CWS Sale 3.8
    Carlos Carrasco vs DET Verlander 24.8

    In a very tight pitching matchup

    Thanks!

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        @Grey: Curious did you have to think about starting Carrasco?

        He’s been pretty shaky since the all star break.

        Also if you had to choose between Weaver and Kennedy, which would you choose?

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t bench Carrasco anywhere, I’d go Kennedy

          • Steamin Beamen says:
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            @Grey: Got it, thanks a lot!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    As a Rizzo and Bryant owner in a tight H2H matchup ending Sunday, would you spend one of your 2 pitcher streams on an extra bat to fill in as needed? (all categories are very close, and we have the same number of pitchers going).

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: In case helpful, I’d be grabbing Schimpf or Solarte @ COL most likely (OBP/OPS), and here are mine and his remaining SPs:

      MINE (2 waivers left)
      Scherz @ ATL
      Yu v OAK
      Price v. NYY
      Taillon @ CIN
      Carrasco v.DET
      E Santana @NYM,
      De Leon @ ARZ
      Ray v. LAD
      (and Joe Ross on DL who may start @ ATL this weekend)

      HIS (1 waiver left)
      Kluber v. Det
      Archer @ BAL
      Jimenez v TB
      Lugo v. MIN
      Nova @ CIN
      Ascher v MIA

  21. Scott says:
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    Are the Rays the streakiest team this year? I’m asking for a friend.

  22. Scott says:
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    Grandal or Russell Martin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Grandal

  23. Scott says:
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    Start Alex Reyes in SF this Sunday?

  24. Zeus says:
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    Wendell is a bum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: A rhythmic, catchy-tuned bum

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: “I’ll send a missle at your official tissue, cuz ya track sound gayer than the Mr. Wendell instrumental”- Celph Titled

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA, that’s awesome

      • Doc says:
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        @Grey: He gives people knowledge, the least you could do is buy him some shoes!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  25. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Coming up on the weekend of my semi-final matchup. 10 team 5×5 H2H. Drop Piscotty for Wil Myers in Coors?

  26. Don says:
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    I benched Tanaka yesterday to preserve my shiny ratios, but left Betances in for saves. Isn’t that hilarious?

    • DMT says:
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      @Don:

      Tanaka AL leader in ERA, ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: In a very sad way

  27. ashtray says:
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    I’d like to capitalize on the [email protected] double header tomorrow. Who’d you add out of this group:

    Schebler
    Harrison
    Bell
    Mercer

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @ashtray: Bell. Harrison out ROS. LHP Finnegan going for CIN in second game, so Schebler might sit. Bell is pretty hot. Mercer is garbage.

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @ashtray: look for Brandon Phillips

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @ashtray:
      Trevor Williams will start the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader versus the Reds.
      So, Schebler should start.

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @JoeG414: bah. Was looking at the Reds starter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Bell, agree with Ralph

  28. FKA Ralph says:
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    Time to brag! Yesterday I had Ryon Healy (covered above), Matt Wieters (2/4, 2R, 2 RBI), and Domingo Santana (2/4, 2R, 2 2Bs) in my lineup. Probably saved my playoff matchup.

  29. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    I went to bed last night first place in ERA and proud of myself for starting Tanaka, woke up today second place in ERA and cursing myself for not benching Betances. I got Girardi’d. So down the stretch I will be forced to give Betances the rest Girardi will not.

    Would you start Archer at Baltimore today? Streamonator says sure, but wanted your take…

    Thanks, Grey!

  30. Ralphy says:
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    Need a spot starter tomorrow and there is little to choose from. Would you roll with Gray vs SD in Coors? Other options are Leake vs SF and Miguel Gonzalez against KC. Pickings are Karen Carpenter thin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralphy: None are good, Gray

  31. TYLER says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H league playoffs against my brother. I’m down 1 win, tied in losses, and just barely winning ERA.

    I have pitching tonight

    King Felix vs Hou (at home possibly no altuve or bregman)
    Bartolo Colon at home vs Minn.

    we have the same amount of pitchers left, but I’m worried about Felix getting lit up. He threw good last time but it was against Oak. He got lit up the 2 times before and gave up 8 runs in a 1/3 of an inning last time he faced the Astros. For Colon, Minnesota has been hot the last 3 days. Do you think I should start either one of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TYLER: I’d start both

  32. Ed Spicer says:
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    Grey,
    It might be a good idea to drop the pay wall on your various tools the ROS so as to give us cheap stakes a lookies as to what we may purchase next year. ?

    Thanks for considering!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed Spicer: I think it’s fifty cents for a day… Either way, you can ask Rudy on the comments of the actual tools, he’ll respond there

  33. Chris says:
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    Interesting tidbit……..Mr. Wendle married a girl from my hometown. Her dad is an undertaker. Figured you were dying to know this…Ha.

    Thanks for the help this year!

  34. Steve says:
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    Asdrubal (Berrios, E. Santana, Gibson) or Healy (Hamels, Darvish, C. Lewis) for the next 3 days?

    Thanks

  35. Moscowitz says:
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    De Leon or Reyes rest of the way?

  36. Citizen5 says:
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    I need a new DH for the rest of the season to replace the ice cold Moss. Who would you slot in from this list below? Or hold?
    Drury, Healy, Kiermaier, or Grichuck

  37. Joe says:
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    Got one more add left this week and I need to stream a pitcher. SON likes Cashner (@PHI) and Gibson (@NYM), but dislikes Miguel Gonzalez (@KC). Recent performance, though, favors Gonzalez. Who would you stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Cash

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Cask’s last two road starts : 7IP , 13R But it is the Phillys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, there’s risk

  38. jb says:
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    Speaking of which, is today the day for those guys going bald or Ubaldo day? To diversify, I picked up Ubaldo in some leagues and Colon in others.

    Which two do you like?
    Ubaldo v TB
    Fulmer @ CLE
    Colon v MIN

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jb: Ubaldo, Colon

      • jb says:
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        @Grey: I gotta with Fulmer in one league b/c of the strikeouts and he’s all I got today, so hope he doesn’t blow up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

    • jb says:
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      @jb: Reminds me of a story. I used to work at the Apple warehouse and it’s over 600′ long and about 300′ wide. Thousands of people working inside and milling about on a busy day. One guy, just happens to be black, unbeknownst to most dresses up just like Waldo on cold days — red & white striped shirt. jeans and the red & white striped cap. So we’re having this standup meeting and I see him 200′ away. I just said, “Where’s Waldo?” and nodded my head his direction and everyone cracked up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  39. Gigorilla says:
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    Love the movie reference says Domingo Montoya.

    Grey- why do some players go to DL in Sept – Judge, A.J. P., while others -Stras, Kuechel-do not?
    Saw same thing last year.

    TGIF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gigorilla: Thanks! Cause rosters expanded and some teams don’t need to DL a player

  40. The Hack says:
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    Nice bad medicine drop

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: nothing beats Alan Arkin playing a mexican, booger is da bomb and didn’t it have the late great Taylor Negron?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, Negron’s dead, forgot about that

  41. johnny be good says:
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    Grey,

    12-team H2H cat Keeper (keep 12), CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS

    With A. Bregman being out I’m currently down a MI and was thinking of dropping Justin Upton to replace him. I only have 1 move left for the week and was going to pick up a streamer but I can’t afford to have an empty MI spot.

    MI waiver options: B. Drury, A. Simmons, B. Phillips, J. Kang, S. Gannett, C. Owings, L. Forsythe

    Thanks bud

  42. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Last one! For OBP/OPS and hopefully HR, do you like Schimpf @ COL (chatwood, gray, high $20s-$30s) or Reynolds @ COL (fried, ejax, clemens, $40s) for the weekend?

  43. The Hack says:
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    Chad Kuhl, I hate that guy…..I got beat up by Mr coooooool Chad kuhl…his buddies todd and biff were there too. So I challenged him to a race down the k-12 but first I got to pay the hot girl to hang with me so I can win her over with astronomy. I’m going to get that guy if it’s the last thing I ever do…once I recover from my butt cheeks getting taped together.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Please, you can fart right through that tape

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: it was cloth and sloppy joe day. Sharts stick with you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  44. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Need a streamer for today in my H2H playoff matchup, in order of importance, Wins, K’s, ratios.

    Chase Anderson @ Cubs (Lackey)
    Cubs are rolling out the B squad for this one, and Anderson has been pretty good lately and also against the Cubs this year.

    Tyler Chatwood vs Padres (Friedrich)
    I know Chatwood struggles at home, but he’s been lights out vs. the Father Figures all year and his win probability is higher than most.

    Robert Stephenson vs Pirates (Vogelsong)
    He’s been mostly good, especially at home, but did struggle against the Pirates in a short outing last week. In general the Pirates offense has not been great (last night withstanding).

    I know these aren’t pretty, but I need one. I don’t need the ratios to win, I’m down by one win and up 6-4 going into today. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  45. Racehorse says:
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    Grey

    In a real dog fight with my league’s h2h quarter final match-up….

    Keon Broxton is leading off in today’s afternoon match-up vs John Lackey

    Who do I sit to make room for KB? Or do I hold?

    Adam Duvall vs Vogelsong (R)
    Kevin Kermaier vs Ubaldo (R)
    J.D. Martinez vs Kluber (R)
    Marcel Ozuna vs Adam Morgan (L)
    Randal Grichuk vs Matt Moore (L)
    Jedd Gyorko vs Matt Moore (L)
    Ryon Healy vs Cole Hamels (L)
    Marcus Semien vs Cole Hamels (L)

    I’m sitting Todd Frazier, Michael Saunders, Pujols…

    Thank you in advance !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

  46. JoeG414 says:
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    Lost out on T.Walker for Monday’s stream.
    What about Cotton Home vs Hous ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  47. G says:
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    Which 2 would you you sit amongst these:

    Correa (vs. Felix)
    Hernan Perez (vs Lackey)
    Drury (vs Maeda)
    Kiermaier (vs Ubaldo)
    Kendrys Morales (vs Sale)

    As of now I have Perez and Correa on the bench – would be first time benching Correa when he’s playing but he’s been hurt and not as hot as Drury or Kiermaier. Thanks as always.

    • G says:
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      @G:

      btw I am tied in steals, homers, and RBIs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales, Correa

  48. Scott says:
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    Thanks for talking me out of sitting Tanaka yesterday, Grey!

    Not a bad start for Montgomery either. No wins though. :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  49. Joe says:
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    Would you stream Moore and/or Weaver today? SON prefers Moore, who’s pitching at home, while Weaver may be a slightly hotter hand with K upside. But they’re also facing each others so there’s an argument against choosing both. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore

  50. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey:

    1) Does Cougs know you’re writing about her cactus on here?
    2) Goldy’s lack of pop really is disappointing. For as frustrating as Abreu has been, Goldy has stalled out even worse in the power department. Wow, 20 homers, that’s one more than Freddy Galvis!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. It’s a plant! 2. Ha, yeah

  51. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    which of these 2 streamers would you pickup for tomorrow
    E.Santana @NYM
    J.Paxton vsHOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

  52. Paul says:
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    Should I add Drury over Schoop at 2B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  53. Dem Bums says:
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    Anyone trying Luke Weaver @ SF (Moore) tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      From comments I’ve answered, some are

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    DeGrom was just dropped, available off waivers Sunday morning. Latest news says that DeGrom may* start Sunday (and if he does, that he may or may not be piggybacked by Matz – strange because I feel like he’d pitch better on his own 2 feet).

    In a tight H2H semis ending Sunday, would you roll the dice and snag DeGrom if you can (v MIN) for QS and ratios in lieu of Miguel Gonzalez @ KC (at least 9* consecutive QS, except a rain delay short outing), Lewis v. OAK (OAK has no less than 5 ER / game all week), and Norris @ CLE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom could throw 3-4 IP

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – sounds about right. Will avoid the name allure and roll with someone less flashy who will hopefully get the job done.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Tokyofantasy says:
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    Hi Gray,

    Need some advise for Carlos Martinez. ROS schedule:
    Sep 19 @COL T Anderson
    Sep 25 @CHC Hendriks
    Sep 30 vs PIT Brault
    With 2 bad matchup coming up, is he droppable for a streamer and if possible pickup again for 30 Sep? Or should I cross fingers and start him for 19 & 25 Sep? I need ratios and W.

    Thanks!

    (Apologies for reposting as I’ve posted this in your last article first. You seem to be answering Qs on this article.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  56. Count de Monetball says:
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    Hate to sound like a Cubs fan here but even their “B” lineup today ain’t no joke :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Bahahaha! 5-8 id dangerous!!

  57. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Would you start Hamels against OAK tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  58. Scott says:
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    Please pick 3 pitchers for my final stream(s) of the season tomorrow. I’ve already got Arrieta starting:

    Seth Lugo vs MIN
    Nolasco vs TOR
    Jon Gray vs SD
    Bud Norris @ARI
    Mike Fiers @SEA
    Jose Urena @PHI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lugo, Gray, Urena

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS************

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